Parkhurst: Champions League is a different animal, officiating can be terrible

Dukes & Bell
February 14, 2019 - 3:09 pm

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Michael Parkhurst joined Dukes & Bell to talk about the end of the preseason as the team is set to head home before they start Champions League play next Thursday.

Parkhurst talked about the west coast road trip the team has been on this preseason.

“It was a good two weeks out here; we had some good games, worked on some things on the training field. Those were valuable games for us, not just for fitness but to work on some things Frank wants us to do, and it’s always good team bonding on these trips.”

Michael talked with the guys about the difference between Frank deBoer and Tata Martinez.

“I think that Frank has made it known that he’s not making wholesale changes from the last two years, which is good. One of the main things right you see right away is we’ve been working on defensive tactics first, which is the opposite of Tata as we always worked on offense first, which is just a different philosophy.”

When asked about the situation involving Darlington Nagbe not being with the team currently.

“I don’t think it’s a distraction for the team, but we miss having him, we all love Darlington on and off the field. We hope things get worked out because he’s a very important piece to our team, and we hope he rejoins us very soon.”

Parkhurst talked about the challenges that Champions League can present.

 “Jeff and I played in this tournament with New England way back in the day. Champions league is a different animal; the hotels are terrible, the fields are terrible, the lighting will be tough, the refereeing can be terrible, so the conditions are just tough.”